Duration of Trips16 Days
Location: East Nepal
Type of Trip: Camping Trek
Max. Altitude:Gyajo La 4880 mt (16,010 ft)
Trip Grade:Strenuous Trek
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Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
Numbur Cheese Circuit (NCC)' Located in Ramechhap, around 190 km east of the capital city Kathmandu. The NCC is a 14 to 16 days circuit trail connecting two beautiful river valleys, namely the Khimti and Likhu in the lap of Everest and Rolwaling region. The trail has been named in honor of the yet unclimbed peak Numburchuli (6959m) as well as for one of Nepal’s first yak cheese factories established in 1957. If you want to escape the congestion of commercialized trekking trails and get ‘off-the-beaten track’ then plan your trek to the recently developed trekking route. NCC offers visitors the superb and breathtaking views of majestic Himalayan peaks including Everest range, Numburchuli, Gaurishankar, Jugal and Langtang Himal ranges, pristine nature and unspoiled culture. NCC is mostly an eco-lodge camping trek in addition to the unique home-stay experience among Sherpa communities.
NCC welcomes both domestic and international visitors. The trek encompasses a variety of terrain- deep river gorges, glacial lakes, and terraced rice fields, temperate to alpine vegetation, and Sherpa villages to the towering peaks of Bigphera Go Nup (Pathibara) and Numburchuli. One can also observe Yak Cheese factories and the famous Thodung Monastery on the way. In March and April, rhododendrons bloom in profusion and eagles, musk deer and Himalayan Tahr are a regular sighting! And with a lot of luck, you can catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard.
Day 01Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya by Bus or Private vehicle Jeep/Van (1790M) / overnight stay at Hotel / lodge
Day 02Trekking start from Shivalaya to Khahare (2175m) / overnight stay at Hotel / lodge (Special feature at Khhimti valley, Sherpa home-stay)
Day 03Trek from Khahare to Panipakha (3105m) / overnight stay at Eco Camping. (Special features at Eco-camping experience)
Day 04Trek from Panipakha to Manedanda (3940m)/ overnight stay at Eco Camping. (Special features at Kaleidoscopic view of Khimti river valley.)
Day 05Trek from Manedanda to Panch pokhari (4515m) / overnight stay at Eco Camping. (special features at Himalayan peaks, Yak pastures, Yak cheese and high altitude lakes).
Day 06Trek from Panch Pokhari to Tare (4140m) / overnight stay at Eco Camping. (special features at Glacier walk, Himalayan peaks, high altitude pastures )
Day 07Trek from Tare to Ngeiu (3690m) / overnight stay at Eco Camping. (Special features at Adventurous pass, glacier walk altitude pastures and lakes, Mountain peaks, high).
Day 08Rest day in Ngeiu (3690m) and sightseeing. (Special features at Adventurous pass, glacier walk altitude pastures and lakes, Mountain peaks, high).
Day 09Trek from Ngeiu to Lhachhewar (2665m) / overnight stay at Home-stay. (special features at Wilderness walk, Cheese, Sherpa home-stay experience )
Day 10Trek from Lhachhewar to Kyama (2380m) / overnight stay at Home-stay. (special features at Sherpa home-stay experience)
Day 11Trek from Kyama to Gumdel (2255m) / overnight stay at Home-stay. (special features at Sherpa home-stay experience)
Day 12Trek from Gumdel to Serding (3360 m) / overnight stay at Hotel/Lodge(special features at Wilderness walk, Beautiful pastures, dense forest, best view of Numbur and Gaurishankar)
Day 13Trek from Serding to Thodung- Lapchane (3105m) / overnight stay at Home-stay(special features at Thodung Monastery, Newari Home-stay, Himalayan panorama)
Day 14Trek from Thodung- Lapchane to Those (1755m) This is last day of the trek / overnight stay at Hotel / lodge
Day 15After B/F Drive back from Those to Kathmandu (1350m) transfer to hotel / overnight stay at Hotel
Day 16Free day in Kathmandu for personal activities or departure.
- Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Twin sharing accommodation Home-stays, Community Lodge & Camping
- All ground transportation by private vehicles / Bus/Jeep
- All 3 times meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
- Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bag & tent.
- All Porterages costs of Human carry or Animal carry
- English spoken trekking guide and necessary porter
- All necessary paper works and permits
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- All government and local taxes if necessary
- Guide and Porter Insurance
- Self Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Visa fees/ International airfare to & from home city
- Excess baggage charges & Monuments & Monastery fees
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
- Tips for drivers, guides and porters
Note: Teahouses and village homestays are available along the route. Remember, there are no tea houses, lodges, or homestays available from Khahare to Lahaksewar.
What is the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
- The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. It takes its name from the famous Numbur Cheese Factory located in the area. The trek offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains, diverse landscapes, and an opportunity to explore the local culture and traditions.
How long is the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
- The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is typically completed in around 10 to 12 days, depending on the itinerary and the trekker's pace. The total distance covered during the trek is approximately 75 kilometers (47 miles).
What is the elevation of the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
-The altitude of Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek 4880 mt / 16,010 ft (Gyajo La Pass)
What is the best time to do the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
- The best time to undertake the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and favorable temperatures for trekking. However, it is advisable to check the weather forecast and consult with local guides before planning the trek.
What is the level of difficulty for the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
- The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves several uphill and downhill sections, and trekkers should be prepared for long hours of walking each day. Prior trekking experience and a good level of physical fitness are recommended to enjoy the trek comfortably.
What permits are required for the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
- To trek in the Numbur Cheese Circuit area, you need to obtain two permits. The first is the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, which is available in Kathmandu or can be obtained through trekking agencies. The second is the Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (GCAP), which can be obtained in the town of Shivalaya or at the park entrance.
Are teahouses available along the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
- Yes, teahouses are available along the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek. These teahouses offer basic accommodation and meals to trekkers. However, the facilities may be more basic compared to popular trekking regions like the Everest or Annapurna region. It is advisable to carry a sleeping bag and trekking essentials for your comfort.
What are the highlights of the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
- The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek offers various highlights, including panoramic views of peaks like Numbur, Gaurishankar, and Everest, pristine alpine forests, beautiful rivers, and charming traditional Sherpa villages. Additionally, a visit to the Numbur Cheese Factory provides insight into the local dairy industry and an opportunity to taste delicious yak cheese.
Is it necessary to hire a guide or porter for the trek?
- Hiring a guide or porter for the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is not mandatory, but it can enhance your trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture, navigate the trail, and assist with any language barriers. A porter can help carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek more comfortably.
What should I pack for the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek?
- Some essential items to pack for the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek include trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a good-quality sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, trekking poles, and basic toiletries. It is recommended to pack light and carry only necessary items.
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